|George Brassaï, “Paris from Notre Dame,” circa 1933.||László Moholy-Nagy, “Radio Tower Berlin” (detail), 1928.|
Paris and Berlin stand as key cites of modernity. From 1840 to 1933, the two cities witnessed a convergence of social, economic, and political factors: urban migration, industrialization, the emergence of capitalism, repeat political upheaval, and a burgeoning democratization of art, all of which spawned the birth of the modern city and of modernist art. This course will trace the early beginnings of the modernist art movement and its layered relationship with the cities of Paris and Berlin. Using modernist art: literature, poetry, music, painting, and film, we will investigate how artists represent and negotiate the cities of Paris and Berlin. We will also study the physical cities themselves: the ways in which they respond and reflect their historical periods. The goal is to map the cities’ and art’s move toward modernism.
Students enrolled in this course will have the option to participate in a 10 day trip to Paris, France and Berlin, Germany from May 20-30, 2013. Please contact Dr. Yousif or Dr. Rider if you are interested in the trip or have any questions. View flyer for more information.
Dr. Ann Rider
Dr. Keri Yousif